New York's Ventilator Rationing Plan (Thanks to Cuomo)

The man was warned in 2015 and the best he could do was hand it off to a task-force. Which in turn made all sorts of excuses. Now Cuomo is whimpering about the lack of ventilators of which e was warned about 5-years ago. And seeks to blame someone else when all he has to do is look into any mirror to see where the blame lies.


After learning that the state's stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to a fork in the road in 2015. He could have chosen to buy more ventilators. Instead, he asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had.

That task force came up with rules that will be imposed when ventilators run short. Patients assigned a red code will have the highest access, and other patients will be assigned green, yellow or blue (the worst) depending on a "triage officer's" decision. In truth, a death officer. Let's not sugarcoat it. It won't be up to your own doctor.

Cuomo could have purchased the additional 16,000 needed ventilators for $36,000 apiece or a total of $576 million in 2015. It's a lot of money but less than the $750 million he threw away on a boondoggle "Buffalo Billion" solar panel factory. When it comes to state budget priorities, spending half a percent of the budget on ventilators is a no brainer.

Now the pandemic is actually here. Cuomo's grim reaper rules will be applied. New York City's deputy commissioner for disease control Demetre Daskalakis is anticipating "some very serious difficult decisions." So far, in New York City, 1 out of every 4 people with a confirmed case has been hospitalized, and 44% of them have needed a ventilator.

The task force claimed there was no point in buying ventilators because there's also a shortage of doctors and nurses trained to use them. Five years ago, that problem could have been fixed, too. Even now, the National Disaster Medical System can send staff to hot spots like New York.




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Phoenix, Arizona
As more of this information comes to light we are finding that democrats are mainly responsible for the shortage of supplies.
New Haven, CT
My FAVORITE part of this story is Trump saying that if these governors want help from the federal government, they had better be "nice to him."
I guess since the quid pro quo impeachment didn't take the first time, the fat orange turd decided that he could just be very very public about it from now on. LOL

Funny. I thought the New York State residents WERE federal taxpayers. I guess a lot of us are going to be surprised to find out we're merely state resident and not federal residents. But, it will be alot better on the next tax bill! LOL